FireFox makes me BeachBall

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Samuriajackon, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. Samuriajackon macrumors 6502


    Feb 9, 2009
    The mac I have listed below does the spinning beachball thing ALOT when I'm using Mozilla's FireFox browser. IT's gotten to the point some times where I have to hard shut down the machine by holding the power switched. I have the following installed with firefox as addons....
    Office Live Plug-in 7.6.3(Microsoft)
    Shockwave flash 10.0.32
    Jave Embedding Plugin MRJ Plugin ver. 1.0-jep-0/.9.7.2
    Quicktime 7.6.3 plugin
    Flip4Mac 2.2.3
    Default GECKO plugin(No idea what this is)

    I also have something for a facebook plug in but it's not listed and I don't remember what it did. I just removed the Mini-istat widget...maybe that was the problem, not sure. I just uninstalled Firefox with App Cleaner and reinstalled using somehting i freshly downloaded. I ran all the Tech Tool delux stuff that came with the MacBook Pro Apple Care CD set. I also play COD4 and World of Warcraft, without problem. iTunes Illustrator CS3 and MS Office run fine....

    Any thoughts?
  2. angemon89 macrumors 68000


    Feb 5, 2008
    The place where Apple designs stuff
    Back when I would use Firefox I had similar problems. It was usually an add-on that was causing the slowdown and the use of 99% of my CPU. So what I did is I uninstalled all the add-ons to make sure that the browser ran fine. Then I would install one add-on at a time and narrow it down until I would fine the bad one.

    I wouldn't worry about running applications like Tech Tools. The problem here IS Firefox, not your computer. :p
  3. KF1 macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2009
    I also notice quite often, that while using FF, it takes sometimes quite reasonable activity of the CPU (have a look in the activity monitor).
    FF2.x was quite worse regarding memory usage, but I have the beachball also w/ FF3.5 often. Thought I remember that especially websites using Flash respectively how FF handles Flash leads to stressing the fan resp. displaying the beach ball (however, also w/ Safari I have seen this).
    btw: I am running FF also w/ a couple of plugins (30ish installed, 20ish are activated).

    Instead of hard-resetting your machine, you should be good w/ quitting the FF process via the menu of Mac OS X (Apple logo).

    >Default GECKO plugin(No idea what this is)
    That belongs to FF itself and is the rendering engine for the websites, if I a am right.

    The other main thought is: you are running it on a MacBook, me too.
    I think the slower/weaker GFX is also a reason why you see the beachball definitely more often than it would be on a MBP w/ a proper GFX hardware.
  4. Samuriajackon thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 9, 2009

    Now Spotlight is indexing...and has been for almost 2 hours...what's up?

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